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November 14, 2018

PrimaLoft develops biodegradable synthetic fabric

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft is fast-tracking its Bio technology line with the launch of what it claims is the first 100% recycled, biodegradable synthetic fabric.

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft is fast-tracking its Bio technology line with the launch of what it claims is the first 100% recycled, biodegradable synthetic fabric.

The unveiling of the new PrimaLoft Bio Performance Fabric comes just weeks after the company released the PrimaLoft Bio synthetic insulation made from 100% recycled, biodegradable fibre for the outdoor apparel and fashion industries.

The new material is expected to be made available by autumn 2020, and means a fabric garment may now be completely returned to nature.

“PrimaLoft is setting a new industry standard in providing consumers with biodegradable apparel using the PrimaLoft Bio suite of insulations and performance fabrics,” the company says.

The proprietary fibre technology enables a highly accelerated rate of biodegradation without compromising the performance, look or feel of the garment. While PrimaLoft Bio fibres break down at a faster rate, standard polyester remains almost completely intact, under the same accelerated test conditions.

The fibres have also been designed to withstand the rigours of the fabric manufacturing process, while maintaining their performance and biodegradability characteristics, the company says. 

“PrimaLoft Bio fibres break down when exposed to specific environments – such as a landfill or the ocean,” the company explains. “PrimaLoft has enhanced the fibres to be more attractive to the naturally-occurring microbes found in these environments. The microbes eat away at the fibres at a faster rate, returning the insulation to natural elements.”

The new technology combats the seriously growing problem of microplastics littering the ocean. However, PrimaLoft Bio Performance Fabric will only biodegrade when exposed to the microbes in landfills or bodies of water, which means the fabric remains highly durable throughout its usable life in a garment.

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